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Resources in Social Work: Finding Articles

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Search Techniques



This portion of the guide will show you examples of different search strategies to use when searching the online databases. Use this portion of the guide whenever you find yourself frustrated with retrieving no results on your topic, or if you are bogged down with too many results.

This guide covers the following:

Boolean Searching - Combining terms with AND, OR, or NOT to broaden or narrow your search.

Wildcard/Truncation Searching- Using symbols in place of letters to tell the database to search variations of a word

Proximity Searching - Searching for terms based on how close they appear in a document

Using the Advanced Search Interface

Browsing Subject Headings

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